Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the character designs in Overwatch but that means I’m also more nitpicky about them. I look at Hanzo and I’m like yup, A+ hottie, though I’ve never seen a Japanese dude with a face like that.
I suspect the designer in question tends to sameface both their males and females a lot and we’re just cool with it because it’s their style or whatever, but I dunno. I think there’s many different kinds of beauty out there and it feels like a waste not to have that diversity. Especially when “diversity” is kind of a selling point for Overwatch.
It’s the second day of school and I’m barely in fourth period English. The time was going by slowly because the thought of practice was in my head the whole time.
Focus on the lesson Hayley, I kept telling myself. Then Mrs. Atkinson called my name.
I looked right at her, “Romeo and Juliet,” I blurt out. The class laughs.
I look down at my almost empty paper and start taking the remaining notes on poetry.
LUNCH WHERE IS LUNCH?! I yell in my head.
The bell rang on queue.
“Thank God,” I mumbled, quickly getting up from my seat. I threw my back pack over my shoulder and waited for Liz outside the door.
“Nice one Hayles,” she chuckled. “ROMEO AND JULIET?!” She mocks. “I seriously can’t believe you said that.”
We walked towards our official senior year lunch meeting place. Liz was still laughing the whole way there.
“Eli!” Sam calls, once we get near the school entrance.
“Wilkinson, I already told you not to call me Eli!”
“Shut up, you know you like it.”
Liz rolls her eyes.
“Hey guys,” this blonde boy says, walking up closer to the trio. I realize it’s my buddy JJ.
“JJ!!!” I scream, but because I didn’t see him at all yesterday.
He gives me a confused look and a smile slowly grows.
“Hayley!” He says, pulling me into a hug. “Damn girl, how was California life?”
“Good,” I say, pulling away, “But I missed you guys.”
Gilinsky comes up to us, “Sup,” he says with a smile.
He gives high fives to Sammy and JJ and gives Liz and I hugs.
He looks at me and smiles, “How’s my little long lost best friend?”
“OH MY GOD! You should have heard Hayley!” Liz says, before I could even answer.
“What happened?” Jack asks.
“Mrs. Atkinson asked who wrote The Raven, since we’re learning about poetry. Hayley over here wasn’t focusing and Mrs. Atkinson called on her, Hayley was a deer in headlights and she yells, ‘Romeo and Juliet!!’”
Jack laughs, “You’re stuck in freshmen year Hayles.”
I roll my eyes at his comment.
“Leave the poor girl alone,” Sam says, talking to Liz and Jack.
“She loves me Wilk,” Liz tells him.
“Jesus, just date already, we’ve all known you liked each other since sophomore year,” JJ tells them, shaping a heart with his hands.
I notice Liz blushing and Sammy is just crazy smiling.
“How adorable,” I joke. Liz rolls her eyes.
“What are we going to eat?” Jack asks all of us.
“Wendy’s,” I suggest.
“No,” he says, nudging my shoulder.
“CHIPOTLE!” Sammy says in a weird, funny voice.
“How 'bout it?” Liz exclaims.
We all immediately agree and walk out the entrance. Jack’s jeep was the only car that could fit us, so we all carpooled and headed off to Chipotle.
* * *
The rest of the day continued on slowly. But practice finally came along.
“FUCK YEAH!” I yelled, once the final bell rang. I took off running towards the gym.
Volleyball, I’m coming, I think in my head.
I finally came up to the gym. I walked in the volleyball locker room casually.
“Hey superstar!” Evelyn Martinez says.
I met her yesterday at tryouts and I have her for math, she is a really nice person. Also super cool.
“Not a superstar Evelyn,” I say, opening my locker.
“Yes you are, oh my God!” I hear her say, as I walk into a stall.
I sigh, but change quickly so I can hit the court.
* * *
After practice, Evelyn, another girl by the name of Jackie, and I stayed after practice to play a little without the nets. Jack and some other guys came in to shoot some hoops.
“Hey new girl!” One of the guys called out. “Hayley! That ass!!”
I looked at him, “Fuck off nimrod!”
“Still a hottie though!”
I rolled my eyes and then I noticed Jack getting in his face, saying stuff.
“NEXT TIME YOU TALK TO HER LIKE THAT, I’M GOING TO FUCKING LOOK FOR YOU AND KICK YOUR MOTHERFUCKING ASS!!!!”
“Jack! Jack!” I yelled, running up to him. “You need to calm down!” I said trying to push him away.
Finally, I was able to get him away from the guy, “Listen next time I tell you to fuck off.”
I walked away from the situation with Jack.
“Thanks,” I say, “Next time, try not to nearly kill the dude.”
He smiles, “Anything for you though my long lost best friend.”
I smile, “Love you dude.” I put my arm sound his waist.
“Love you too,” he says, putting his arm around me. “Go home now, because I don’t want you here with these damn pigs.”
He let’s go of me and I walk back with the girls.
“We’re going to head home too dude!” Jackie said.
“Okay, I’ll see you guys tomorrow.”
“We get the game schedules tomorrow!” Evelyn says eager.
“Oh heck yeah I know! Can’t wait for the first game!”
“Same! Well bye guys,” she says, grabbing her bag near the closed bleachers.
“Bye Evelyn! Well see ya Jackie!”
I give her a smile and walked out of the gym towards my car. I walked over to the trunk and threw in my duffle bag, slammed the trunk shut and walked back to my car door. I looked in the gymnasium windows and I could see Jack.
“I’m so sorry I left you,” I whispered, opening up the drivers door and sliding in.
I opened the front door slowly.
“HI BABY GIRL!!” My mother tells from the den. “DINNER IS ON THE COUNTER!”
“I’ll warm it up mom!” I yell back, assuring her that she doesn’t need to get up and do it for me.
“HOW WAS PRACTICE?!” She asks.
I place the plate into the microwave. Press the 1 button and walk into the den.
“It was good,” I say.
“What’s wrong Hayley?”
My mom is the type of mother that you cannot hide anything from because she knows how to read you.
“Don’t say nothing, because I know something is bothering you.”
“Mom, I miss how life used to be.”
“Honey, what do you mean?”
“I just wish I could’ve stayed here in Omaha because life could have been so different.”
I heard the beeping from the microwave.
“I could have been closer to a lot of people,” I say, leaving to the kitchen.
I could have been close to Jack, I think.
But you were young, my mind fights back.
I grabbed my food from the microwave and walked back into the den.
“Well honey, I’m sorry, but I think your life is good right now. Maybe it was meant to be this way, so just be happy about it.”
I ate my food and nodded.
“Eat up little savage, shower and then go to bed because you need your sleep.”
“I know,” I said, my mouth full of food.
I lay in bed that night, thinking of all the possible outcomes that could have happened if we stayed in Omaha. I sighed and shut my eyes. Hoping to sleep.
“Hey Hayley,” I hear. “Hey?” I say, looking back at the person who called my name.